A fibroid is a benign tumor that mainlyconsists have muscular tissue and usually grows inside the uterus. Fibroids are also called myomas. Its size ranges widely, from a small tumor the size of a pea to a large tumor almost the size of theuterus. Myomas are classified into three types,depending on the location where they are found. The intramural myoma, a fibroid thatgrows
in the muscular wall of the uterus. This subserosal myoma, a fibroidlocated just beneath the outside mucosal covering of the uterus.Here the fibroid projects to the outside and occasionally remainsconnected with the uterus only through a small stalk. The submucosal myoma, a tumor that grows beneath the surface ofthe uterus lining. Therefore, this type of fibroids can growinto the uterine cavity. The actual causes have development ofa fibroid are still unclear.
However, it has been documented thatfibroids are associated with high levels of estrogen, the female sex hormone. Fibroids can only developed duringreproductive years of women. Following menopause, the production of estrogen decreases which will usually cause fibroids toshrink or disappear. Myomas are more common in nonpregnant and infertile women. In general, fibroids are asymptomatic
or associated with just a few complaintsif any complaints. If any complaints occur, then the location, size and type of thefibroid are the major factors. Fibroids can affect nearby structures.They can cause compression of the bladder, which may lead to urinary complaints, or may obstruct the intestine, which may result in constipation. Othercomplaints can be: backaches, abdominal problems, menstrual flowdisturbances.
Fibroids can impede normal childbirth,which may require caesarean delivery. Fibroids relatively more often lead tomiscarriages. Whenever fibroids cause symptoms, theyneed to be removed or shrinked. Medications sometimes cause fibroid toshrink by blocking the production and secretion of estrogen. In other cases, surgery may be requiredto remove the fibroid.
The type of surgery depends on thelocation of the fibroid. Sometimes it’s possible to remove thefibroid with the help of the tube entered through the vagina and theprocedure is called hysteroscopic myomectomy. In other cases, surgery through theabdominal wall may be necessary. In the case of a large fibroid,hysterectomy may be the only solution. This option only applies when there isno desire to have more children. You generalpractitioner can give you more
Adrenal Fatigue Causing Uterine Fibroids
Uterine fibroids is a very, very common conditionthat affects many females. Unbeknown to most, this process of fibroid formation actuallytakes years. In some women it grows fast, in some women it does not grow at all, andin some women it never happens. This is Lam, founder of DrLam , and we are goingto go through in this tutorial what the physiology behind fibroids is all about. First, let’s take a step back. In order forthe fibroid to grow, which is a tumor which is benign, is made of fibrous tissues, thebody has to activate many mechanisms to grow the fibroids. It starts off very small, likea pea size, and it grows to be as big as sometimes
an orange or a grapefruit in extreme cases.The common denominator for growing a fibroid is the hormone called estrogen. So if youhave excessive estrogen in the body either from absolute basis; such as you are takingtoo much estrogen from birth control pills or food that contains estrogen; on the relativebasis such as when you don’t have enough progesterone to offset the estrogen; or even if you havereceptor sites that are very sensitive, and this is very common in people who are skinnyand thin; all these can lead to estrogen dominance. On top of that estrogen, because it can matein the adipose tissue, so if you have a lot of fat tissues, or if you have stress in theadrenal system, they all contribute to estrogen
excess. Now estrogen excess will in turn then drivethe body into a state of estrogen dominance with symptoms that include fibrocystic breastdisease, endometriosis, irregular periods, heavy periods, a lot of ovulation pain, andfibroids. In extreme cases, it can be tied into cancer as well. So, fibroids, even thoughit is a benign tumor, tells the body that it has the underlying problem of estrogenimbalance. Now, aggressive measures to get rid of thefibroids is necessary if they are structural problems, but there are also natural waysto help the fibroids shrink, especially for
those that are nearing menopause. Understandingand recognizing that when the body is in adrenal fatigue the tendency to have a high estrogenload is critical because if you don’t understand this concept, estrogen dominance can be treatedas if it is a separate entity of excessive estrogen and women can be told to do whatwe call hysterectomy to get rid of the fibroid. Now oftentimes this can be useful, but oftentimesas well if the ultimate source of estrogen is not shut off or slowed down, even if youget rid of the ovarian estrogen source you still have estrogen source from food, theenvironment, the stress, as well as the adrenal disfunction then you are really not gettingrid of the total problem at the root level.
So it is important to recognize fibroids numberone as a medical issue, but number two also as an associated symptom for us to be on thealert when we dealing with adrenal fatigue because we do see many women who have fibroidswith their adrenal fatigue; and in fact it is very interesting because the estrogen loadstarts going down when the adrenals heal and then many people do report less symptoms ofestrogen dominance; including fibroids stop growing, or start to shrink as the adrenalimprove. So using this understanding to help us tounderstand fibroid physiology and association with adrenal fatigue is very important. NowI have an article on my website called ‘Estrogen
Dominance’ as well as another one called ‘Progesterone’that will be useful for you. If you are inquisitive I have a book called ‘Estrogen Dominance’that you can read as well, and of course my main book called ‘Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome’goes into this in great detail. I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial. For moreinformation on this topic, head over to DrLam where I have written over a thousand articlesto help educate people. You can also call me at 6265711234 for more information onAdrenal Fatigue and how to navigate it. Finally, if you enjoyed this tutorial, please subscribeto my YouTube channel. Thanks for watching..